The Worst Hard Time

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The Worst Hard Time
Author Timothy Egan
Country United States
Language English
Subject Dust Bowl
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (hardcover)
Mariner Books (paperback)
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback), Audiobook, MP3 CD
Pages 352 pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-618-34697-4

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl is an American history book written by New York Times journalist Timothy Egan and published by Houghton Mifflin in 2006. It tells the problems of people who lived through The Great Depression's Dust Bowl, as a disaster tale.[1]

Egan and The Worst Hard Time won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction[2][3] and the 2006 Washington State Book Award in History/Biography.

Egan attributes the Dust Bowl tragedy to reckless agricultural misuse of the land, and tells "vivid" and "poignant" stories about individual farmers and their families.[4]


  1. ^ "'The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan: The Anti-Joads". The New York Times. February 24, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ 2006 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction, The National Book Foundation, retrieved 2009-02-24 
  3. ^ "National Book Awards – 2006". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  4. ^ Corcoran, Elizabeth (January 8, 2006). "The answer on the wind: Those who didn't escape scrabbled for a living. But how did the Dust Bowl happen?". San Francisco Chronicle. 

Bibliographic information[edit]

Egan, Timothy (2006). The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-77347-3.